Community Stories

Hayle Community HubWorking with Jeni and Sam from DCH has been brilliant, they have given me the encouragement, advice and practical support I needed. Knowing that there were other people working in the community that cared as much as I did gave me a huge boost. I’m really looking forward to developing this project with DCH and look forward to meeting more lovely people in Hayle. - Lindsey Griffiths - DCH (Devon & Cornwall Housing) resident.
Taken from Open Door magazine issue 9


Community Organisers in Penzance have been involved in a number of local projects and helped to support local action, for example:

  • There is currently in place a Dog Watch Scheme, in partnership with the council to report and catch offenders who allow their dog to foul without cleaning it up. This has been very successful across the town.
  • Community Organisers have become more involved in helping people to ‘have their say’ locally. We hold community meetings; bringing people together, encouraging voting and holding our councillors accountable for pledges made and decisions they take.
  • A ‘meet your councillors’ evening is being planned as an informal opportunity for residents to meet and talk to their local councillors.
  • Tidy up the area: following an evidence gathering session with the local councillors, litter picks take place regularly. From this initial meeting, local councillors have helped in lobbying Cornwall Council to attempt to upgrade the cleaning service the area receives.
  • Stella Benson: Stella is a local resident and artist and most famously collaborated with the designs for ‘The Snowman and Snow dog’. Stella has a display in the Old Dairy in Penzance and is working with Aspire to paint a Mural on the wall near the bus station.
  • Tidy up our High Street: Local resident, Mandy Pearce, has negotiated with landlords of derelict shops in Market Jew Street to hang picture paper in windows with images to change the image of the high street. This looks very smart and is much better that a dark, empty shop. You can get involved by offering our services to any contacts you may have to the empty shops.
  • Pop-Up Penzance: Community Organisers have been working with Pop-Up Penzance to help develop relationships between the landlords of empty shops and services that could use the shops until they are let.
  • We are currently working with Penalverne Community Project to Organise a Summer Fete and Garden Competition.
  • Chirgwin CourtWe are also working with Chergwin Court to bring together members for a Residents Association and secure funding to improve their communal area. Read the article...

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